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Sharks vs. Sabres Preview: With curse reversed, can San Jose make it two in a row?

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The Sharks have never won consecutive games in Buffalo.

Buffalo Sabres v San Jose Sharks

San Jose can win back-to-back games in Buffalo for the first time in franchise history tonight. The Sharks beat the Sabres in The Nickel City for the first time since 2005, and for just the second time ever, last season and will look to repeat the feat on Tuesday evening at 4 p.m. PT.

That the Sabres have been terrible for most of recent history while San Jose has been quite good makes this one of the least impressive marks on the Sharks’ resumes. Beating Buffalo tonight would improve San Jose’s road record against the Sabres to 2-15-1 all time, which should make you close to physically ill despite the Sharks being a very bad expansion team for part of that time.

Regardless, San Jose is riding a three-game point streak after losing on Thursday night to another recently bad team, the Arizona Coyotes. Meanwhile Buffalo beat former San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels and the Ottawa Senators 4-0 on Saturday and then fell flat in a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils last night.

Jack Eichel may be overshadowed by Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid as up and coming stars in the Eastern Conference, but he’s the real deal. Despite missing time due to injury this season, the 20-year-old forward has 23 points in 30 games and looks to be every bit as good as advertised thus far. He’s a force to be reckoned with and will be enemy No. 1 for San Jose tonight.

That’s about all the good news to report for the Sabres, unfortunately, who sit nearly dead last in the Atlantic this season. The team has received excellent 5-on-5 goaltending, but a terrible penalty kill (they allow the most shots per 60 of any team in the NHL) and poor possession numbers make the Sabres a team very much on the rebuild despite making progress since taking Eichel No. 2 overall in the 2015 draft.

This is the first of four games on the road for the Sharks. They don’t return to SAP Center until Feb. 15 when they host the Florida Panthers. The stats in the below preview image haven’t been updated to include the Sabres’ loss to the New Jersey Devils. I’m sorry.